We are pleased to announce the students who earned Commencement Awards, presented during the graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 6, 2015. These are some of this highest honors that Senior Cadets are able to achieve at the military school.
The Bain-Ede Award for Salutatorian was presented to Michael Zhu. This award is presented to the graduating Senior with the second highest cumulative grade point average, including ninth grade performance.
The Bradshaw Award for Valedictorian was presented to Christopher Okumoto. This award is presented to the graduating Senior with the highest cumulative grade point average, including ninth grade performance.
The Davis Golden Rule Award was presented to Mason Roth. This award is presented to the graduating Senior who best demonstrates the character implied in the Golden Rule, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and the Academy motto, Pro Deo Et Pro Patria, “For God and For Country.”
The Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS) Award was presented to Luke Thompson. AMCSUS presents a medal to the graduating Senior who best exemplifies the ideals of the officer-leader: moral courage, integrity, honesty, leadership, responsibility, dependability, and stewardship.
The Stella Vaughn Atkinson Honorable Citizen Award was presented to Nikko Andryan Gouw. This award is presented to the graduating Senior who consistently demonstrated excellent citizenship and moral courage during his years as a Cadet.
The Breidenfeld Award was presented to Adib Nemer. This award is presented to the graduating Senior who best lived up to the standard: He helped make Army and Navy Academy and the Cadet experience better for his having been here (Cadet Breidenfeld’s legacy). This Cadet is Big Brother to younger Cadets, he is every teacher’s helper; and he demonstrates an uncommon sense of community, stewardship, fairness and justice.
The Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award was presented to Nicholas Raheja. This award is named in honor of Admiral James Bond Stockdale, POW during the Vietnam War and former honorary member of the Board of Directors. It is presented to the graduating Senior who best exemplifies leadership excellence and moral courage during his Senior Year.
The Virginia Powell Atkinson Award was presented to Christopher Salisbury. This award is named in honor of the late Colonel William C. Atkinson’s wife and is presented to the graduating Senior who best exemplifies the finest traditions of the Academy. The Senior who receives this award lives up to the First Class motto— Facta non Verba (Deeds, not words). It is tantamount to a superlative Silver “A”. The award is an engraved US Army presentation saber.